Tuesday July 16, 2013 / 7:30pmSpin
Price Level 1
How was your experience?
I enjoyed the show a lot-as I was watching it, because it moved rapidly, but my main problems occurred with trying to picture this "making it" on Broadway. First of all, I had the feeling that I had seen and heard all this before, even though the individual performances were generally, particularly in the case of James Gardiner, and, to a lesser extent, Carolyn Cole, Bobby Smith and Erin Driscoll, were extremely accomplished, but somehow. a lot of it didn't gel for me. I tried hard, but Ms. Cole did not seem believable as either the daughter of Mr. Gardiner, or of the woman who was her mother, or even as the mother of her own son, who seemed to be put in the show as the deus ex machina, more than anything else (read cute little boy, who says all his lines with a punch, plays the piano brilliantly and is conveniently around when he is needed, and not when he is not. Bobby Smith was a terrific tap-dancer and a believable smarmy character, but he seemed to be out of another show (La Cage Aux Folles), Erin Driscoll was completely wasted since although she was a genuine, believable presence, she did not even have even one, ballad that would have allowed her to utilize her beautiful voice. Overall, I think it would have to be considerably enlarged and have many more dance numbers, more contestants, maybe, and even then, there is really nothing to make it unique enough to make it on Broadway.